Good morning and welcome to King’s House for this significant Ceremony.  I use this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and productive New Year.


As we gather for this Swearing–in with a limited in-person audience and many online viewers, I can’t help but think that this may be the ‘new normal’ for the foreseeable future in this COVID -19 environment.


The pandemic has seriously affected the court system across the globe, Jamaica of course being no exception, but we continue to observe the requisite public health protocols and remain mindful of the need to be vigilant.


This new landscape has forced us to be creative in the administration of justice.  There is an increased reliance on the use of teleconferencing and video conferencing as regular methods of communication.  And although jury trials have been suspended, judgements are still being delivered, virtually.  We commend the Judiciary for these initiatives!


I am sure, Chief Justice, that in January of last year when you and your team created the Strategic Plan and Roadmap, which is intended to transform the Judiciary; managing in a pandemic environment was not contemplated.  Yet you have found innovative ways to handle the delivery of justice so that persons needing those services are not severely impacted.


Our Judiciary, is one of the three pillars of our governance structure, is regarded with great respect. In your Oath of Allegiance and Judicial Oath, you promise to act as protectors, to guard and  defend, and uphold The Constitution, while interpreting the law, and dispensing justice to all impartially.


Sir Francis Bacon, the English philosopher, Attorney General, and Lord Chancellor, describes the attributes of Judges:

Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue”


The Ladies and Lords of the Jamaican Judiciary have always demonstrated their discipline, attention to detail, professionalism, and integrity.


I want to congratulate the Judges who are being sworn in this morning:

  • The Honourable Mrs Justice Vivene Harris – Judge of Appeal designate…
  • Her Honour Miss Justice Carole Barnaby –       Puisne Judge designate…
  • Acting Puisne Judges designate:
    • The Honourable Mrs Justice Icolin Reid
    • The Honourable Mr Justice Vaughn Smith
    • The Honourable Mrs Justice Tara Carr
    • The Honourable Mrs. Justice Pamela Mason
    • The Honourable Mrs Justice Annmarie Lawrence-Grainger
  • Master-in-Chambers:
    • Her Honour Ms Kamar Anderson
  • Acting Masters-in Chamber
    • Her Honour Ms Stephany Orr
    • Her Honour Mrs Sherna Reid-Clayton

I urge everyone to support the development of our judicial system as we make excellence our watchword and justice the framework of the sustainable future to which we are all committed.


I know that many of your family members are witnessing this event. Some online. I invite them to give you their fullest support as you embark on this new phase of your career.  I wish you each one of you  a successful tenure.


Thank you.

Governor-General’s Remarks for the Swearing In Of Prime Minister Andrew Holness



We meet today to signal the start of a new phase in the life of our nation. Thank you for joining us live for this ceremony on all the multimedia platforms.

I begin by extending formal congratulations to the Prime Minister Designate whom his Parliamentary Colleagues and the people of Jamaica have chosen once again for this high office.
Our country is blessed with traditions and systems which allow for good order in the governance of the nation, and the preservation of respect for the voice of our citizens; and Mr. Andrew Holness has once again earned the right to be the Head of the Government of Jamaica.

It could be said of him that one good term deserves another. It could also be said that higher authority than exists on the human plane, has divinely ordained that he should be placed where he is today.
His record of service thus far may impel the Jamaican community to recall two utterances which can serve as inspiration to this generation.
The first is from a Letter to Timothy, written by Paul: “Let no one look down on your youth, but be an example …in speech, in love, in faith and in purity.”The second is attributed to a more modern philosopher Benjamin Franklin, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

I hardly need to remind our Honourable Prime Minister Designate that Jamaica which is described as an “island paradise” does not escape the stresses and distresses of a world in economic and social turmoil. Therefore, we share in prayer for God’s blessings on him, confident that his faith will indeed be a shield which protects, and that his energy and commitment will ensure his success in leading the government for the betterment of the Nation.

I also warmly congratulate his dear wife, who makes her own contribution to national development, while providing the support to her husband Prime Minister, at the same time.
Ladies and Gentlemen, our country is in good hands, and our democracy works for us. One of the institutions of which we are very proud and which works well, is the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, chaired by Mr. Earl Jarrett and the Electoral Office led by Mr. Glasspole Brown, who marshalled 30,000 election day workers, 7,000 of whom were sanitizers in 6,975 polling stations at 2,200 locations, to facilitate voting as safely as possible!

I commend the Commission for a job well done!

It is incumbent on all our citizens, elected public officials, members of the voluntary and private sectors to pull together, especially in these testing times, so that indeed Jamaica may, under God, continue to develop, not only for us here, but in response to our commitment to the whole human race.

Thank you and God Bless Jamaica Land we Love.


Garfield Green installed as Custos of Manchester

Businessman, Garfield Sean Green, was officially installed as the Custos of Manchester by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen in a Ceremony on Thursday, August 29, 2019,  at the Northern Caribbean University Gymnatorium, Mandeville.

Sir Patrick said he was confident that Custos Green would do well for the Parish, as he knew it well, was well known, and commanded the respect of a wide cross-section of persons in Manchester.  “In accepting the  invitation to the office of Custos,  he  has indicated his willingness to commit himself to serve the people of Manchester; promote the rule of law, public order, and civic pride in the Parish;  swear in and supervise the execution of the legislated functions of Justices of the Peace ” Sir Patrick added.

The Custos represented The  Governor-General in the Parish, and Sir Patrick  reminded Custos Green that he would be expected to give leadership to The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence with its emphasis on volunteerism, through The Governor-General’s Achievement Awards and the I Believe Initiative.

The Governor-General said this modern function of the Office provided the platform for the Custos to help inculcate in young people, the values that would propel them to believe in themselves, eschew the things that were wrong about Jamaica, and embrace what was helpful to the country’s growth and development.

In his response, Mr. Green said he was humbled to have been asked to serve and was mindful of the responsibilities ahead.  He pledged to carry out tasks to the best of his ability.

Outlining the main areas of focus during his tenure, Custos Green said he intended to collaborate with key stakeholders to pursue programmes and initiatives that would inspire youth, families and leaders, help to generate excellence in Manchester, and create a more prosperous Jamaica.  He also intended to ensure there were adequate numbers of Justices of the Peace who had the requisite training, effectiveness, and professionalism to serve effectively.

Custos Green said it  he wanted  to “encourage all to know and respect the National Anthem, Pledge and Song; believe in our country, strive for better things and showcase our patriotism by being part of Jamaica’s advancement.”

The Custos paid tribute to the Justices of the Peace whom he said had contributed greatly to the development of Manchester.  He encouraged them to deepen their commitment and find solutions that would yield further successes.

Custos Green thanked his predecessors, the Hon Dr Gilbert Allen and the Honourable Sally Porteous for their guidance and encouragement.   Custos Green succeeds Custos Sally Porteous who retired after serving seven (7) years. The Custodes Act states that Custodes are required to demit office on reaching the age of 75 years  unless specially requested to continue in office.

Custos Green was invested with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class.